LUCKY Dube was remembered by friends and fellow musicians at a ceremony in Newtown yesterday.
The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) handed a memorandum to Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Firoz Cachalia, calling for Dube’s killers to “rot in jail”.
But then they struck a strange, xenophobic note by adding: “All non-South African nationals, who have committed crime, must be deported with immediate effect.”
Lucky Dube belongs to Africa and the world. The nationality of those accused of killing him is irrelevant. More than that, it is offensive to his millions of fans across the world.
THE intensity of the grief ordinary people are experiencing after the shocking killing of reggae icon, Lucky Dube, should not be underestimated.
Yesterday one blog post on our Planet Blog platform attracted well over 70 tributes from Lucky Dube fans from Africa and all over the world.
The tributes struck a heartbreakingly personal note. Few demanded recriminations and most were written with the sort of love usually reserved for a family member.
South Africa is a nation in both celebration and mourning. Let us make sure that the mourners are not forgotten.
THE Times mourns the shocking death of reggae artist Lucky Dube, who was shot dead in Johannesburg on Thursday night.
Dube was one of this country’s greatest — and most popular artists.
He had a conscience and stood against racism. His song, Different colours, one people included the lines “Look at me you see BLACK/ I look at you I see WHITE/ Now is the time to kick that away.”
His tragic death will hopefully finally kick away the mistaken notion that it is white South Africans who are victims of crime.
On Thursday night, it was Lucky Dube. Tonight it could be anyone anywhere.